Storm Arcana

Heroic Tarot & Arcana Academy

Month: June 2011

Heroic Tarot Tuesday: Beast

Beast by Jim Lee

Greetings, dear reader! This post is the seventh in a series revealing my Heroic Tarot process. Today we take a look at all of the cards featuring Beast!

The X-Men playing card deck is adorned with images of Marvel’s Merry Mutants.  I have created a system combining traditional Minor Arcana meaning with my vast knowledge of X-Men comic book stories.  The archetypal roles the X-Men represent bring the energy of the missing Major Arcana to the overall calculation.  I reveal the superheroic tales relevant to your path.   This dual reading is amplified by the elemental nature of whatever suit is pulled in addition to the numeralogical/feudal court energy contained therein.

One of the interesting aspects of the X-Men cards that I use is that every character gets to be represented four times. For example, Bishop is all of the Tens.  Beast is represented on the face of all of the Sevens.   The number Seven represents intuition, knowledge and introspection.  

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Storm Sunday: Diego Gómez

Elvira Vs Storm by Diego Gomez

Diego Gómez is a San Francisco-based illustrator, designer and performer with a style as unique as the city from which he hails.   As the above image of Elvira, Mistress of the Dark versus Ororo, Mistress of the Elements, attests, his art is glamourous and humorous!  I have been wanting to shift the focus of Storm Sundays to more edgy independent artists for some time now, and it is a pleasure to finally showcase a few images of Diego’s awesome art!  Diego’s fluid linework graces many pages of the tongue-in-cheek transexual superheroine comic Glamazonia, written and created by Justin Hall.  He also shares my love/obssession for the X-Men’s weather goddess and I always get a thrill when he tags me in one of his images of Ororo. I really appreciate his queer artistic sensibilities.  Let’s shine the spotlight on Diego Gómez!

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Transmetropolitan: All Around The World, Part II (The Girl)

Transmet girl

Yesterday I shared one of my two pieces of artwork from the new art book Transmetropolitan: All Around the World, celebrating the acclaimed comic by Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson! We looked at the two boy prostitutes Matt and Luke from Transmetropolitan #40.  The above image was based on the young girl sex worked that was friends with the boys.  She is never named in the comic and as such has an air of mystery around her.  The above image was drawn and by Yours Truly and colored by the fantastic Allen Passalaqua!  Below I share my original inks, some reference from the Transmet issue and my preliminary sketches for the piece.

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Transmetropolitan: All Around The World, Part I (The Boys)

 

Transmet boysTransmetropolitan, the irreverent Vertigo comic series by Warren Ellis and artist Darick Robertson is one of my all time favorite titles (Check out the first issue for free here).  The book takes place in the not-so-distant future and follows the investigations and eventual breakdown of caustic and brilliant journalist Spider Jerusalem.  No topic is considered untouchable by Ellis and the grimy, warts-and-all renderings by Robertson give the world of Transmet a  filthy feel also found in The Boys (another notable series by Robertson).  There has been an art book that focused on images of Spider by a notable who’s who of the industry’s finest artists, but last year the call was sent out again for a new book.  This compilation was to focus on the other characters who populate the strange environment of Transmet.

I was so honored when I was invited by Susan Auger and Darick Robertson to participate!  Thank you, Susan and Darick!  I also have to thank the amazing Allen Passalaqua who added his top notch coloring talents to my inks. This project was the first time I have had my work colored by a professional.  Thank you, Allen!  (Make sure you check out Battle Pug!) The fundraising for the Kickstarter Transmetropolitan Art Book was successful and the book was shipped out last week to those fine folks who preordered.  Proceeds went to The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and The Hero Initiative! Congratulations to CHUNK KELLY and Sam Harris and the rest of the awesome folks at Pirates Press who made one hell of a gorgeous book!  Read the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s post here.

Above is one of my pieces in the Transmetropolitan: All Around the World featuring two young characters in issue #40 who are child prostitutes.  This image was drawn and inked by me and colored by Allen Passalaqua.  I thought it would be fun to share some of my process with you, dear reader, so click on the link to see the uncolored version, images from the comic that inspired me, and my preliminary sketches!

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Marvel Fanfare Portfolio by Rick Leonardi

Iron Man by Rick Leonardi

Rick Leonardi is an artist whose issues of The Uncanny X-Men, Cloak & Dagger, The New Mutants, Spider-Man 2099, Nightwing and Batgirl have made him a fan favorite.  I vividly recall seeing his cover of The New Mutants #50 on the stands at a store in Rocky Mount, NC known as the Booktrader.  This new and used bookstore trucked mostly in romance and science fiction novels, but had a healthy selection of Marvel and DC comics to lust over.  I was instantly taken with the cover of Magik fighting for control of the other-dimensional Limbo from S’ym and a horde of demons.

The Rick Leonardi portfolio I am spotlighting today comes from the back pages of a 1982 issue of Marvel Fanfare (#12).  Leonardi’s emphasis was on flying characters and he paired many of them with gorgeous renderings of aircraft.  Iron Man starts things off, but we also get to see some of my all time favorites as interpreted by Leonardi, including Thor, Angel, the Silver Surfer, and Storm!

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Storm Sunday: “I Must Be Free–And I Shall Be Free!”

x96 storm destroy cairn

Storm’s freedom is very important to her.  She cannot abide being confined and will not tolerate any sort of mental domination.  Where did this character trait come from?  How did Storm become so spiritually strong?  From where did her fears come?  Like most traumas, it starts with family.

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What People Are Saying

I may be on the road, but I am still committed to giving people insight and reflection!  Check out what folks are saying about my awardwinning Heroic Tarot readings now that I offer them via email and phone:

As a stay at home Mom I don’t have many options to get away for myself.  I appreciate that STORM offers email readings so I can still receive the insight I need while taking care of the things that matter most to me.

I am really shy around people and never made an appointment when STORM was in SF.  I thought I had missed the boat.  When Yabette at Swankety Swank told me that STORM would do readings by phone or email, I jumped at the chance.  My reading was very helpful and I like that I have a document that I can read whenever I want.

I’d never had an email reading before.  I actually feel more comfortable that way. I express myself better in writing than face to face.  I enjoyed my reading.  I have some clarity now and that is very helpful.

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The New Mutants by Bill Sienkiewicz

Sienkiewicz New Mutants

The New Mutants are characters very near and dear to my heart.  I fell head over heels with them in the 80s and still adore them to this day.  I love that there were more girls on the team than boys, I find their individual looks to be stunning and distinctive, and my favorite issues are from when the masterful Bill Sienkiewicz drew them.  From left to right, Sunspot, Cannonball, Wolfsbane, Warlock, Mirage, Magik, and Magma.  Not pictured are Karma and Cypher.

X-Men: First Class, Raising the Bar or Missing the Mark?

X-Men First Class Movie Poster

Marvel’s mutants have returned to the big screen and they have brought the swinging sixties with them! Director Matthew Vaughn imbues the newest X-Men film with lavish sets, top notch actors, and an international feel. The special effects are convincing, the plot is character driven, and the overall effect is stunning. Setting the mutant conflict within the Cold War era serves to ground the superheroic struggle within a credible sense of reality, but is ultimately problematic in that the film never explores any of the Civil Rights aspects that it touches upon. It is a treat to see the X-Men in the time in which they were created (by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby), if only for the groovy fashions.

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